The Mind-Matter Argument in Late German Philosophy (1860-1950)


Convenor: Dr Christine Lopes (Visiting Fellow, IGRS)

Four two-hour seminars held on Friday afternoons.

The Mind-Matter Argument Seminar Series
Date and Time Venue Further Details
3 February 2012 (postponed from 27 January 2012), 16:00-18:00 Room ST 270 What are disorders of rationality?
Contemporary analytic and phenomenologist philosophers tend to agree on the existence of disorders of rationality. We will consider in a concise manner some of the recent analytical and phenomenological accounts of such disorders, and the nature of the line that separates pathological from non-pathological reasoning.
10 February 2012, 16:00-18:00 Room ST 276 Franz Brentano: the notions of self-evident experience and intentionality
We will discuss key passages from Brentano’s seminal Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, and critically consider what he sees as the two fundamental markers of mentality: self-evident experience and intentionality.
2 March 2012, 16:00-18:00 Room ST 276 Ernst Cassirer: the notion of symbolic form
A concise account of the ‘Davos Disputation’ between Cassirer and Heidegger, and a critical discussion about some of the arguments involved in Cassirer’s re-conception of Kant’s theory of transcendental imagination into a system of symbolic forms.  The main textual reference will be selected passages from Cassirer’s The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms.
16 March 2012, 16:00-18:00 Room ST 276 Karl Jaspers: the notion of psychopathology
We will look into some recent philosophical evaluations of the legacy of Jaspers’ seminal work on psychopathology, and consider the difficulties involved in a philosophical reduction of the notion of psychopathology to that of pathological reasoning.  The main textual reference will be selected passages from Jaspers’ General Psychopathology.